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Why COVID-19 Hits Men Harder Than Women



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Nearly 38 million people worldwide have been infected by the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. And it turns out that men are faring worse than women in the battle against COVID-19.

At the height of New York’s coronavirus crisis, the number of deaths among men was nearly double that of women. Throughout the U.S., the statistics aren’t quite as startling, but men still make up the majority (54 percent) of all COVID-19 deaths, even though women account for a larger share of confirmed cases, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And in certain age groups, the gap is even wider.

Among adults ages 40 to 49, men account for 69 percent of COVID-19 deaths; and in 50- to 64-year-olds, they make up 66 percent of deaths. Men of all ages are also more likely than women to require

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fashion

Informal Saudi ban on Turkish goods hits global fashion retailers

A de facto Saudi ban on Turkish goods has hit global fashion brands in the latest sign of the escalating rivalry between the regional powers.

Saudi Arabia has “banned all imports for made in Turkey products”, an employee at clothing group Mango told Turkish suppliers in an email seen by the Financial Times.

The Spanish company, which is one of a number of European and US fashion retailers with manufacturing facilities in Turkey, said in a statement that its teams “are looking into alternatives to the slowing down of custom processes for products of Turkish origin in Saudi Arabia”.

Mustafa Gultepe, head of Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association (IHKIB), said all retailers producing in Turkey and exporting to the Gulf state were affected. “We are talking about all global brands that have stores in Saudi Arabia, produce in Turkey and sell over there,” he told the FT. 

Turkish exporters have complained

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wedding

Louisiana couple sneaks in wedding before Hurricane Delta hits

They do… not wanna get wet.

A Louisiana couple scrambled to get their wedding done Thursday hours before Hurricane Delta hit the state, the Associated Press reported.

Ian and Taylor Gaspard were scheduled to get married Saturday in Abbeville, La., about 150 miles west of New Orleans.

But Hurricane Delta rudely did not account for their plans. The storm was expected to make landfall Friday night, and heavy rain had already started falling Thursday.

“It wasn’t supposed to be coming to us, and then all of a sudden it was supposed to be coming, like, right to us,” Taylor told the AP. “So, of course, I got hysterical, and my little Superman here came in and saved the day,”

The Gaspards were expecting 300 people at the Saturday church ceremony, but with the winds of change swirling they settled for a smaller ceremony in front of family and friends Thursday

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Model with unibrow hits back at critics who have mocked her look: ‘I am so tired’

The Wrap

Regal Cinemas and Cineworld Movie Theaters to Close All US, UK Locations This Week

Cineworld announced on Monday the “temporary suspension” of operations at all 543 Regal Cinemas locations in the U.S. as well as 127 movie theaters in the U.K. and Ireland beginning this Thursday.“As major US. markets, mainly New York, remained closed and without guidance on reopening timing, studios have been reluctant to release their pipeline of new films,” the company said in a statement, adding that 45,000 employees would be affected. “In turn, without these new releases, Cineworld cannot provide customers in both the U.S. and the U.K. — the company’s primary markets – with the breadth of strong commercial films necessary for them to consider coming back to theatres against the backdrop of COVID-19.”The announcement, first teased on Saturday, was triggered by MGM and Universal’s decision on Friday to postpone the release of the

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shopping

Enterprise hits and misses – the US and UK get an AI responsibility wake-up call, SAP goes CX shopping, and Tibco and VMware modernize

Lead story – US and UK governments are ‘AI ready’ – but are not being responsible by Derek du Preez

MyPOV: Derek gives the diginomica/gov angle to a problematic report: the fifth annual Government AI Readiness Index. While the US and UK score well on AI readiness, that isn’t the whole story.

Why do the US and UK get rough marks on the “AI responsibility” rating, included for the first time in this year’s index? Several factors, explains Derek, including the presence of big tech giants with spotty AI ethics track records, and social inequality issues. Hey, there’s a bright side – at least they didn’t come in last. Derek:

Coming in at the bottom of the [AI responsibility] rankings are Russia and China, which both have developed a reputation for mass surveillance and restrictions on internet freedoms.

While such criteria are inherently subjective, I agree with Derek: some

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beauty

Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty Line Has Hits and Misses, According to Initial Reviewers

Selena Gomez’s highly anticipated beauty brand, Rare Beauty, finally made its debut on September 3rd. Gomez announced the news of the line in February of this year on her Instagram page to much fanfare.

2020 is shaping up to be a banner year for the star. Along with the beauty brand, she also released her third studio album, Rare.

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Rare Beauty spotlight

Gomez opened up to E! News about why she decided to start the makeup line, “The whole reason why I wanted to create Rare was to kind

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shopping

H&M to close hundreds of stores in 2021 as COVID-19 hits sales

Fast-fashion retailer H&M plans to close 250 stores next year as the coronavirus pandemic pushes its customers online.

The Swedish chain on Thursday said it’s accelerating plans to slim down its brick-and-mortar portfolio amid the COVID-19 crisis, which continued to weigh on its sales through September.

“More and more customers started shopping online during the pandemic, and they are making it clear that they value a convenient and inspiring experience in which stores and online interact and strengthen each other,” H&M CEO Helena Helmersson said in a statement.

H&M — the world’s second-largest fashion retailer to Inditex, which owns Zara — expects to close a total of 350 stores in 2021 and open roughly 100, leaving it with about 250 fewer stores than it currently has. The planned reduction accounts for about 5 percent of the company’s more than 5,000 stores.

The pandemic forced H&M to temporarily shutter about 80

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